Rugs

Rugs

Rugs in South Africa are growing rapidly in popularity, as more people are opting for a tiles, vinyl or hardwood flooring. Rugs can easily be used to update a room, transform a space, keep the home on-trend and reflect personal style. These days, rugs come in all shapes and sizes and boast gorgeous patterns and textures to suit every home.

The History of Rugs

According to history, rugs were first made by nomadic tribes, thousands of years ago. They wove rugs out of camel, sheep and goat hair. Many years later, in a quaint family fabric factory in South Africa, in 1987, Peter Hermann and his wife, Coba, built a fabric and wallpaper empire in South Africa. They created a stylish range called HAUS by Hertex in 2017, consisting of beautifully curated homeware, including sophisticated rugs, with simplistic and contemporary designs. These rugs brought the latest trends to the fore and made waves in the interior design industry. HAUS by Hertex rugs are lovingly woven and created in a variety of types, shapes and patterns.

Types of Rugs

Rugs come in a number of fabrics and are designed to serve a different purpose. There are rugs that are perfect for aesthetics, while others are made for both aesthetic and practical use. When you are considering a rug for your home or workplace, it is important to familiarise yourself with the different types of rugs available.

Shapes of Rugs

Everyone is different, that is why HAUS has designed rugs in a variety of shapes to suit every living or working space, from round rugs to long runner rugs.

Popular Patterns on Rugs

Patterns add that extra ‘je ne sais quoi’ to a space. Whether you love bold prints or favour a simplistic design, there are a wide variety of on-trend patterned or classic rugs to choose from.

Rugs placed on a carpet are a simple yet, great way to upgrade your living space, add texture, colour and a luxurious feel. Not only will layering rugs on top of carpets add a beautiful plush feel under the feet, but they will add style and sophistication to your home.
It depends on the type of rug. Rugs made from natural plant fibres, such as seagrass, sisal or jute, are course and usually come with a synthetic latex backing. These rugs cannot be placed directly onto hardwood floors, as they might stick or scratch, damaging the surface. If you have already bought a beautiful natural rug, you can alleviate the possible damage, by simply adding synthetic rubber pads.
The best type of rug for wood floors, is one that has a woven backing with breathable fibres, such as wool, silk and cotton. Before placing a rug on your wood floors, ensure that the area is clean, as dirt trapped under the rug may cause scratching, especially in high traffic areas.
There is no denying that dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other allergens love to settle in rugs and carpets. These allergens can irritate hypersensitive immune systems and may result in a range of allergic reactions, such as coughing and sneezing. Rugs with longer fibres, such as shag rugs, trap more irritants than low-pile or synthetic rugs.
The best way to reduce the risk of allergies is to vacuum frequently, steam-clean the rug with hot water and approved detergent once a month and spray a safe for fabrics disinfectant to get rid of the bacteria.
Rugs made from cotton or synthetic fibres are washing machine safe. They must be washed annually,  in cold water on a gentle cycle, as the rubber backing may not withstand frequent washes.
For rugs with natural fibres, vacuum gently on both sides to remove dirt. Larger rugs will need to be steam cleaned at least 3 to 4 times a year, depending on the type of rug.
Dry-cleaning is a fast and effective way to remove stains from rugs, they dry quicker and can be used within 1 – 2 hours. However, the chemicals used to dry clean the rug remains on the surface, which may form a residue that attracts more dust and dirt. When dry cleaned, the rug is not fully rinsed or washed, therefore your home can be exposed to these chemicals. It will not necessarily damage your rug, however, some dry cleaners subcontract work and the proper care may not be taken to clean the rug.
Steam-cleaning rugs is a more effective and long term way to ensure your rug stays cleaner for longer. This can be done at home simply with some hot water, a vacuum cleaner and bicarbonate of soda, to remove a stain.
Rugs can be cut to size, either at home or at the shop, depending on their rules. Companies usually do not allow rugs from other retailers to be resized on their premises. If you are brave and choose to resize at home, make sure to measure accurately, as the rug cannot be made longer once it is cut. All you need is a marker, yardstick, utility knife and a hot glue gun.
Rugs that are made with 100 percent wool are guaranteed not to shed. Rugs with synthetic fibres, such as acrylic, nylon or viscose, are more prone to shedding, as they are weaker and can get damaged in high traffic areas.
There are three factors that you need to take into consideration, rug style, rug colour and rug maintenance. The rug style should complement the atmosphere you aim to create in your living space. It is not important for your rug to match everything in the room, but rather enhance the existing design elements.
The choice of colour of a rug is an important decision, as it can make or break the intended design for the room. The colour of the rug should reflect the feel you would like to create. Like the style of the rug, it is not necessary for the colour of the rug to match all the furnishings in your space, but rather add to it positively.
When considering which rug to purchase, rug maintenance is an important factor to think about, as the different types of rugs require a varying amount of care. Many rug types need to be vacuumed and rotated regularly, others are easily washable in the washing machine and some shed in high traffic areas. Children and animals also play a big role in maintenance of the rug and they are factors that need to be considered.
No matter which type of rug you choose, it should reflect you and your personality and as it will be a part of your home day in and day out, it should bring you joy and sense of pride, while complementing your furnishings and pull your design together.